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Vintage NapaSonoma Drink Rec Description
20118683Drink or holdRare rainy harvest proved it can happen; few sunny spots, variable quality
20109889Drink or holdCool, steady year; wines show exceptional quality, tight, dense and layered
20099685Drink or holdLate, cool year yielding a surprise bounty of pure, opulent wines
20089686HoldFrost year lowered yields but not quality. Rivals 2007; unique for its depth and concentration
20079788HoldTextbook growing year; small crop, ideal ripening, with scores of amazing wines defined by enormous complexity and plush tannins
20069587Drink or holdA late, cool harvest produced dense, concentrated, structured and ageworthy wines
20059283Drink or holdRecord-size crop surpassed expectations; best are elegant and balanced.
20049584Drink or holdSmall crop of exceptional quality. Napa wines are ripe, elegant, concentrated and harmonious, with deft balance and ripe tannins
20038583DrinkUneven ripeness; austere and tannic in style. More like 2000 than 2001 or 2002
20029382Drink or holdSuperb in Napa; dense and rich, rivaling 2001 for depth and complexity
20019387Drink or hold Excellent weather; many stunning wines but also a few disappointments
20008581DrinkMixed and a bit green overall, but some stellar wines that may be overlooked and undervalued
19999787Drink or holdTremendous depth, concentration and structure from a cool, moderate year; ageworthy
19988482Past peakCool, damp year with mostly green, herbal wines marked by gritty tannins; few memorable bottles
19979990DrinkHuge crop of ripe, opulent, fleshy, concentrated wines, from near-perfect weather; super in Sonoma, too
19969688DrinkA sleeper, with a remarkable number of compelling wines; warm year with fine concentration and depth
19959786DrinkSurprisingly fine year, with wines marked by great flavors, balance and structure
19949788DrinkA showy year all around; ripe, complex and fleshy, with excellent depth
19938888DrinkJust off the pace, with well-balanced, supple wines; a few stars
19929386DrinkFine growing season led to uniformly rich, fleshy, supple and balanced wines
19919186DrinkBig crop, ripe and complex; a star early on, only to be eclipsed by others this decade
19908986DrinkSmall crop but many deeply concentrated wines that have aged well
19898581Past peakBig crop, cool year with rain at harvest; earthy, diluted flavors
19888383Past peakSmall crop; simple wines
19879587Past peakSmall crop, early harvest; best wines mix ripe flavors with fine structure
19869687Past peakA big crop with intense, richly flavored wines
19859787Past peakRipe, rich and fleshy, with superb balance

A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed.

Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended

Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.


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